Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mixing Styles

Mixing different styles is my best... and this is a really good example of what I mean!!! An industrial space constructed by red brick walls and cement floor is equiped with a vintage Papa Bear Chair and its ottoman (a classic piece designed by Hans Wegner in 1954) paired with a tribal side table and a deep red kelim rug which gives life to the room... The result is a unique space with strong "personality" where a lot of us could like to live!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rustic house with ethnic touches

This is a really cozy place to spent your weekends.... A traditional construction with bold stone walls, build-in bathroom equipment and beds (ohhh.... I love so much the bedroom of the 6th photo) and off course an enormous fireplace in the living room that offers its warmth into the space during the cold days and nights! 
Look at that amazing hanging chair near the fireplace... It looks so comfortable and inviting! I'd like sitting there right now!!!
What I like also with this house is the vivid colors used in throws, pillows and towels which create a very interesting contrast with the natural colors used in the construction and the furnishings.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scandinavian Apartment with Mid Century Touches

An old apartment in Stockholm was fully renovated by its owners who achieved to transform it into a totally modern one while respecting the original features... According to the Scandinavian design all the surfaces (walls, floor, ceiling, kitchen cabinets) are painted in white while there are a lot of furniture, accessories and fabrics in black. Some interesting additions of Mid Century touches, as the two sofas in the living room and the small wooden showcase, give the air of another era in the apartment. What I love also about this home is the art wall created in the long white wall in black & white designs and then the existence of small pots with plants almost everywhere!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Folder: Bathroom

When I am looking at this bathroom, I feel the serenity and the relaxation that a bubble bath will offer to my body and my mind too... This is exactly the bathroom of my dreams! An eclectic chic bathroom with grey cement polished walls, black and white hand made retro tiles, wooden roof, a chic pendant light and off course a claw foot tub to offer you the best bubble bath of your life! I imagine it infused with my favorite essential oil (I love the jasmine), by candlelight, listening a relaxing music... Oh, this is magical!!!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Summer House in Paros

A lovely summer family house in Paros, Greece, is presenting in the "new born" e-magazine Aria Free Press, where I have the honor to write in the All About Design category ... For more information and photos about this charming house see here.

Spanish 14th century restored villa

Spain is one of my favorites destinations and I love also the charming decoration and the design of its restored houses. So, today we will make a mind-trip in this wonderful country and especially in the historical region of Emporda, in Girona, where a lot of the old country houses have been rescued from oblivion by their owners, who love this area.
A house like those, we will visit today... A 14th century building which rehabilitated fully respecting the original materials of its construction. Its thick stone walls and stone curved ceilings (photo 9 & 11) consist an important part of its decoration. The plastered walls and ceiling blocks of the living room are painted in a vanilla hue in order to help the natural light be reflected in the interior and make an interesting contrast with the natural color of the stone walls and the cotto tiles.
What I liked also about this house was its built-in counter tops finished in polished cement both in the kitchen (photo 7) and the bathroom (photo 11), and then the built-in bench (photo 2) in the living room, topped with a beam of reclaimed wood, completed with a mat and numerous cushions, creating a comfortable nook for social gatherings or reading...
Other interesting pieces in the decoration are the old recovered trunk coated with fabric and used as a side table in the living room (photo 3), the old retro leather chair (photo 4), the rescued aged suitcases (photo 6) and off course the stone sink in the kitchen (photo 7).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Round Windows

A totally modern home in design can seem so cozy... I love the twin round, tube like windows which have been transformed into a super duper comfortable nook for relaxation while you can gazing at the garden or enjoying the warmth of the central round fireplace, during the cold months of the year!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Autumn Cocooning

I love so much those days of Autumn when weather is colder enough and nature is transforming to an amazing palette of colors... What is best than a morning walk in the forest and then cocooning in the home for a cup of hot tea or chocolate, covered with a warm crochet blanket reading your favorite book or seeing a movie on TV?

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Gold Leaf Papier Mâché Bowls

Today, I found this amazing DIY project and I decided to share it with you, as it is so simple for someone to do it yet so chic and practical. I hope to try it in the weekend! I loved so much the combination of gold leaf and white polka dots but you always can make them with newspaper or comics for a different optical result... You can find a detailed tutorial here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Greek fisherman's house in Koroni

This lovely traditional house is located in the historic town of Koroni, in the Peloponnese, Greece. It is situated below the historic Venetian castle of the town and above of a small beach, offering a dreamy view of Mani while you are seating in its garden.   
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